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¿Algunos libros buenos en español?

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¿Qué son algunos libros buenos que yo puedo recibir en español?Quiero leer en español para me ayudar con mi español Translation: (just in case) What are some good book that I can get in spanish? I want to read in spanish in order to help with my spanish

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/mattcolor
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I think it's easiest to start with news sources, since they are generally written at an easier level than literature. I've been reading BBC mundo and it's been great for me. http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/ I'm about 80% through the tree and I can understand the gist of most of the articles.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mattcolor
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P.S., EE.UU. is their abbreviation for los Estados Unidos, the United States.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Equilibrio99
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I love BBC MUNDO too. In the Chrome browser, if you select "translate" at the top of the page, you get to see a computer generated English translation. Here's the good part: If you hover your mouse over any paragraph, the original Spanish sentence pops up side-by-side with the translation. There is probably a similar functions in other browsers. This view really allowed me to learn a lot. I found many wonderful articles that I never saw or missed entirely in the American or European news.

For pure nerdy delight, here is a link to a BBC MUNDO photo montage showing the re-creation of a 16th century tapestry which tells the saga of Star Wars. http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/video_fotos/2014/02/140224_galeria_fotos_star_wars_tapete_re.shtml

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@Equilibrio99 I knew about the initial translation. But, I didn't know I could see a section of the original language!! I might have to revisit Chrome's translate feature! :D Thanks!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Equilibrio99
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It makes me very happy to be able to reciprocate in any small way after the hundreds and hundreds of hours you have spent helping people :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@Equilibrio99,

Aww xD I just love this place so much. I can't get enough of it. So I find excuses to be around and do my part since I have the time. Thank you :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mmseiple
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Before I answer, a couple questions: What kind of books are you interested in? And what is your experience with Spanish? Have you read anything in Spanish before?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diggabyte
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I'm interested in short stories, maybe scifi/fantasy, I haven't read anything in spanish and I'm currently taking spanish 1 in school and have made it a little bit past the second check point in the spanish tree on duolingo

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mmseiple
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Okay, given your level, you will probably find "authentic" Spanish texts pretty challenging still, since you're still working your way through the present tense, right? I would look for something labeled as an "easy reader," as these would be the best for beginners. To start I would recommend something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Spanish-Reader-William-Tardy/dp/0071428062/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393372018&sr=8-1&keywords=easy+reader+spanish

This book is set up to get progressively harder as you go through and learn more tenses. I also found this series on Amazon for beginning readers, though I haven't ever seen it in person to judge:

http://www.amazon.com/Pobre-Ana-Totalmente-Espanol-Spanish/dp/092972447X/ref=pd_cp_b_0

I would try something like this before moving on to a "real" Spanish book, as even children's books will throw in a lot of unfamiliar grammar at this point. Dual-language books usually have the same problem, as they are usually designed for at least intermediate readers with knowledge of the different verb tenses.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

I will try in spanish...

yo no se sobre algunos libros, pero si lee el periodico en espanol, tal vez que ayudarte.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diggabyte
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¿Cuál periodico? No recibimos periodicos en mi ciudad que son en español ¿significas tú un periodico del internet?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

Si no tienes el periodico que es papel real, entonces periodicos en la red (internet) es tu única opción. Estoy en la cuidad de Nueva York, puedo encontrar los periodicos espanol muy facilmente. Me gusta "El Diaro"

(sorry if my spanish is terrible - lo siento)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0
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"El Dador"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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I loved The Giver. I haven't read the sequels. I heard that they weren't very good.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@Samsta, I didn't even know there were sequels!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0
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there are 3 sequels :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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gracias!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Hi Diggabyte,

A discussion for this has already been created here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1951834 (and several places before). Please subscribe to the Spanish for English speakers forum if you are interested in discussing resources for Spanish, and take a peek around at the New and Popular tabs, and also try taking a quick scan using the Search Bar before posting new conversations. We've been getting a lot of redundant discussions. Thank you so much! ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diggabyte
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Gracias :D but I was looking in more specific for book reccomendations, but I will definitely search the topics next time :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mmseiple
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This discussion isn't the same as the one you list, which is not asking for recommendations of books, but rather advice for reading in Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Hi mmseiple,

The Discussion search bar returned 10,001 results when I searched for Spanish books. This is because people continue to create new discussions when such discussions already exist. Part of my job is to help people learn how to utilize all of Duolingo's features, including discussion forums and the search bar. So, when I encounter a discussion that presents a relevant opportunity, I contribute. If the URL I offered wasn't what you were looking for, I apologize. I only know that people are trading Spanish language book suggestions in the comment section there. ^_^

For those who are curious, here is a guide introducing each one of the discussion forums, how to use them, and where to find them: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Duolingo_Wiki#Getting_Help (It is listed under "Where to Discuss What on Duolingo"

Thanks!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mmseiple
mmseiple
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Sorry, I didn't mean to come off as quite so blunt! I know you're just doing your job; I just wanted to point out that the question in this topic had not really been answered in that link (which only had a couple of specific recommendations when I looked, though a couple more have been added since) so that people wouldn't just dismiss this topic.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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@mmseiple,

That is alright. I'm glad you spoke up. Even moderators make mistakes ^_^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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The Hunger Games (Los Juegos Del Hambre) seem to be getting a lot of recommendations. Samsta was the first person who recommended it to me. I plan to read it once I can afford a copy. ^_^

PS I've previously read comments that it is a good book for folks who have finished their tree, not much more complicated than what we've been learning here. You'll need a dictionary, but you probably won't have to reference it constantly through the entire thing. The first page is a bit of a challenge though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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It's not that the first page is challenging, I meant that it was hard for me because it was the first page of a book that I had ever read in Spanish. Now, I could probably read the first page with very little difficulty. Maybe the first page will be a piece of cake for you, who knows.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JazminG

I have read the first two Hunger Games books in Spanish and they are excellent -- the kind of book I like best in Spanish, enough action so it doesn't matter if you miss some of the words. They aren't beginner books, I read many Spanish kids books from the library before I read Los Juegos del Hambre, but are a good level once you have a reasonable vocabulary. I am looking forward to the third book, which is in my Spanish book pile waiting for me to find time to read it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoyceMann
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Not quite on topic, but here is something I did and found it to be helpful. I bought a Spanish translation of one of my favorite English-language novels, "To Kill a Mockingbird." I read chapter one first in English and then read the same chapter in the Spanish translation " Matar un Ruisenor" (tilde over the n) I continued to the end of the novel, alternating languages. My husband did the same thing w/ book one of the Harry Potter series.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/REXWALKER
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A nice beginners book with lots of vocab is the (subsequent Nobel prizewinner) Camilo Jose Cela's 'Viaje a la alcarria.'

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mmseiple
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I don't know that I would say it's for true "beginners," but for upper-intermediate (say, people who know most of the verb tenses, but are still working on vocab and some grammar), sure. If you're going to read Cela, though, I would recommend La familia de Pascual Duarte, which to me is much more engaging and on about the same skill level. I see it used a lot in early literature classes, as it's relatively easy and short. Another one to try if you're looking for books from Spain is Ramón Sender's Réquiem por un campesino español. It's a great book, and has the advantage of being very, very short (105 pages with huge print in the edition I have). I've heard of people using it at both the high school and college level.

4 years ago